Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Sochi Autodrom, 2015

Hamilton wins in cruise mode

2015 Russian Grand Prix lap times and fastest laps

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Lewis Hamilton wasn’t stretched during the Russian Grand Prix, which he won without getting within half a second of the fastest lap of the race.

Hamilton collected his ninth win of the season without having to stress his power unit or gearbox after the threat from team mate Nico Rosberg faded early.

His only concern came in the closing stages of the race when the team detected a problem. “I’m glad my car made it as the rear wing was getting a bit loose towards the end,” said Hamilton, “so I had to stay off the kerbs and try not to damage the car.”

While Hamilton was conserving his car, Sebastian Vettel set the race’s fastest lap. Just like last year, the low-grip surface meant the tyres were still performing well late into stints, and Vettel set his best time with two laps to go.

2015 Russian Grand Prix lap times

All the lap times by the drivers in seconds. Scroll to zoom, drag to pan, click name to highlight, right-click to reset:

2015 Russian Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

Rank Driver Car Fastest lap Gap On lap
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1’40.071 51
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’40.294 0.223 48
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’40.573 0.502 44
4 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’40.881 0.810 48
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1’41.134 1.063 45
6 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull-Renault 1’41.372 1.301 52
7 Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 1’41.507 1.436 52
8 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Mercedes 1’41.520 1.449 51
9 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’41.772 1.701 48
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’41.888 1.817 43
11 Carlos Sainz Jnr Toro Rosso-Renault 1’42.258 2.187 44
12 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso-Renault 1’42.639 2.568 29
13 Jenson Button McLaren-Honda 1’43.068 2.997 53
14 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’43.133 3.062 6
15 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 1’43.265 3.194 45
16 Will Stevens Manor-Ferrari 1’44.926 4.855 50
17 Roberto Merhi Manor-Ferrari 1’45.049 4.978 50
18 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Mercedes 1’45.266 5.195 7
19 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari

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3 comments on “Hamilton wins in cruise mode”

  1. Congrats to Checo – master of tire deg.

  2. Verstappen was very slow maybe because of the puncture and Maldonado was shockingly slow for Lotus.

    1. Max also had damage to the floor and rear suspension.

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